From UK parliament communications:
...what is the annual cost of the Presidency of the European Council; and how it is met?
Answer by Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, Lord Astor of Hever: In 2010, the cost of the office of the President of the European Council, including staff, travel expenses and salary, is €6 million. The cost is being met this year from within the EU's annual budget, using funds which had been previously allocated to other Council projects. The budget for the office of the President of the European Council in 2011, like all other EU institutions, is currently being decided as part of ongoing negotiations on the EU's budget for next year.
You Pay: Free Viagra and Penile Implants for MEPs
The hubris of the Moloch in Brussels does not stop here. The UK Independent Party has found out that members of the EU parliament (EP) are entitled to
- Free Viagra
- Free Methadone
- Free penile implants
- Public funding for massages and feng shui
- Mud baths
I can only fully agree with the UK's Taxpayers Alliance who commented in the Sun:
"Taxpayers expect to see their money spent on providing essential services, not Viagra. The Government should insist on a better deal from Brussels."The UKIP was not so gentle and I think they find the right words:
Marta Andreasen, an MEP for the party, said: "It is utterly bonkers what British taxpayers are funding for Eurocrats.The official EU guidelines for claims says acccording to MEP John Bufton: "Treatments with Viagra will from now on be reimbursable."
"Surely if they want these things, they should be able to pay themselves. It is a total waste of taxpayers' cash."
I certainly don't want to jump to any saucy conclusions, but these special treats are utterly despicable. Does this mean the EP is not only politically impotent?
Can the European Parliament please return to earth and have a look around! Sponsoring Brussels massage salons is not an EP task.